In A Bunch Of Countries, Your Money Is Lubed Up With Animal Fat
You know all that hard-earned money you're spending on vegan and cruelty-free products? Well, uh, might wanna start looking up places that still use the barter system. Turns out, quite a few countries' money now contains tallow, which, again, is a type of rendered animal fat. You may never hold a fat wad of bills, but on the bright side, a wad of fat bills is probably doable.
It's now possible for your cash to literally grease the wheels.
The culprits are polymer banknotes, which are more durable than other types of foldable currency and are much harder to counterfeit (presumably due to scammers' deep commitment to cruelty-free methods). On the one hand, polymer notes should have a lesser environmental impact in the long term, since they last longer than paper bills. On the other hand, those with ethical or religious reasons for avoiding animal products can go screw themselves, apparently.
Turns out that old lady holding up the checkout line just doesn't want blood on her hands.
So, which countries have embraced this type of pork barrel spending? Lots. In addition to the UK, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, Chile, and at least 17 other nations have opted for plastic over paper. Since Britain unveiled their five-pound polymer note in 2016, some 135,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the removal of all animal products from currency. A representative from the company that supplies the polymer said they only recently found out about the issue and are trying to find a non-murdery alternative, but "that will take time." In the meantime, we can only assume that British credit card companies are having their best year ever thanks to Whole Foods' UK branch alone.
If you're the type of person who still wants to look like you use dead animals even though you don't, maybe pick up a vegan leather wallet from Access Denied.
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